PWHPA This Month! January 2021

PWHPANews, The Players

Here’s what’s happening in the PWHPA for the month of January 2021

Strong PWHPA Presence at Hockey Canada Bubble

Thirty-three PWHPA players travelled to Calgary to attend Hockey Canada’s two-week training bubble for the National Women’s Team in preparation for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro, N.S. In all, thirty-five players are in attendance until January 31st, with a number of players unable to attend due to previous commitments.

To view the complete roster, visit

Congratulations to everyone in attendance!

Larocque Named Manitoba Indigenous Female Athlete of the Decade

On January 23rd, The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC) named Jocelyne Larocque for being named Manitoba Indigenous Female Athlete of the Decade. Larocque is a Métis athlete from Ste. Anne, Manitoba and has represented Team Canada since 2011. Join us in congratulating Jocelyne on this well-deserved accomplishment!

A message from Jayna

As we have welcomed in 2021, there seems to be a glimpse of optimism and lots of hope for the year despite the remaining challenges. I am hopeful that we will have the resolve to get through these difficult times, and get back to a place of “normalcy” where we are able to gather and unite around the things that bring us joy. For me, that is family, friends, community and sport!

We have seen great successes in women’s sport, even in the midst of a global pandemic – record viewership, historic sponsorships and the rise of female athletes as allies and champions for everyone. I’m confident that in 2021 the PWHPA will continue to stand up and be bold in our aspirations for our sport and for the millions of young girls who dream to follow in our footsteps.  

I hope that the courage and commitment of our members will inspire others to follow their passion which means sometimes taking the more difficult road, knowing that the journey will make them stronger and the destination will be worth it. Thanks to all our supporters – Here’s to creating positive change together in 2021!

PWHPA in the News

  • Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux have committed to assisting Grand Forks Public Schools during their Giving Hearts Day on February 11th. The Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation will match any gift $10 or above during the 24-hour online fundraiser for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. To make a donation to The Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation, please visit their website.
  • From January 4th – January 18th PWHPA players from the New Hampshire and Minnesota regions took part in ‘Hub City Tampa’; a hockey bubble tournament organized by the USPHL. The PWHPA all-star utilized this unique opportunity to train together ahead of the 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour. 

PWHPA Player Spotlight

Get to know Kristen Richards, forward for the Toronto region.

1) What does the PWHPA mean to you?

Opportunity. The PWHPA is a stepping stone to a truly professional league that young female athletes can aspire to. To me, the PWHPA and the Secret Dream Gap Tour will be something that generations will look back on as a turning point in women’s hockey history.

2) Besides hockey, what do you do?

Guidance Counsellor at De La Salle College “Oaklands” in Toronto. (Grades 5-12) & Skill Development Coach.

3) Favourite hockey memory?

Markham Funda Clarkson Cup Champions 2018.

4) Advice to your 10 year old self?

Cookies and milk is not a balanced diet.

5) Last show you binge watched?

The Queen’s Gambit.

6) Favourite pre-game songs?

Anything on Ratty’s playlist.

Follow Kristen Richards on: Twitter and Instagram

PWHPA Pet of the Month

Meet Gus & Adonis!
  • Parent: Cassidy Vinkle, PWHPA player for NH
  • Breed: Cockapoo and Doberman
  • Age: Gus (8 years) and Adonis (1 year)
  • Likes: swimming, the dog park, sleeping in and squeaky toys
  • Dislikes: squirrels, thunderstorms, remaining calm when company comes over
  • Follow Gus & Adonis on:  Instagram

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